BLOOMINGTON — William Dean “Bill” Poppins Sr., 85, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 7:10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 10, 2017) in Bloomington.
His funeral will be at noon Wednesday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, with military rites accorded at the funeral home by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Minister Carlis Emmons will officiate. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the memorial home. The family suggests memorials be made to Four Seasons Church of Christ, 909 Four Seasons Road, Bloomington, IL 61701.
Bill was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Alton, the son of Everett and Lennie Ottwell Poppins. He married Dorothy Jane Evans on Dec. 24, 1958, in Peoria. She passed away Nov. 20, 2014.
Surviving are his four children, Verlinda (Dennis) Sapp, Bloomington; Cheryl Ann (Robin) Shelton, Lexington; William (Jeanne) Poppins Jr., Bloomington; Everett Dale (Kelly) Poppins, Bloomington; six grandchildren, Nicole Shelton, Sarah Poppins, Ben (Kymber) Poppins, Robin William (Nicole) Shelton, Grace Shelton, Kaleigh Anne Poppins; two great-granddaughters, Amelia and Aubrey Poppins.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; one infant brother; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Shelton.
Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He later graduated from Bradley University, Peoria. He had worked at Caterpillar, Peoria, and General Electric and Eureka-Williams/Electrolux, both of Bloomington. Bill enjoyed collecting and restoring antique cars.
He and his wife, Dorothy, were traveling enthusiasts. From 1996 to 2003, they traveled the world as part of the Airstream Travel Club. Some of the places they visited were the Panama Canal in January 2001; St. Petersburg, Russia; Alaska; Australia; New Zealand; Europe; Norway; Sweden; and Denmark. By the time his children graduated high school, they had been to 48 states, the seven Canadian provinces and Mexico. He was a season ticket holder and avid Illinois State University basketball fan.
The family would like to thank the exceptional staff at Westminster Village. Bill was a loving husband, dad and grandfather; he will be missed by all who knew him.
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